Students who are considering transferring from another institution to The Ohio State University often have additional concerns about their previous coursework and about starting their major courses. Go to http://registrar.osu.edu/transfer_credit/index.asp to find out how our coursework may transfer to OSU. Most coursework taken at other colleges or Universities will transfer to OSU - however, it often does not correlate to a specific course at OSU.
If you attended a postsecondary institution in Ohio, www.transfer.org is a valuable tool for in-state transfer students who wish to see how their coursework at another in-state institution will correlate to OSU coursework. Most equivalencies from this site will cover basic math and science courses, GEC, and in very few cases Statics (ME 410), Dynamics (ME430), and Strength of Materials (ME 420).
Department Transfer Credit Evaluations
To receive transfer credit for a course at Ohio State in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the original course must be substantially equivalent in content and rigor to the corresponding course at Ohio State. This is determined only by the faculty member responsible for evaluating the course work.
Students must provide the following information:
1) Transfer Credit Report. This can be downloaded from Buckeye Link from the Grades and Advising section.
2) Course catalog description from the original institution
3) A syllabus for each course. Each syllabus for each course must clearly indicate the following:
a. Topics that were covered in the course
b. Textbook(s) used
c. Amount of time spent on different topics
d. Hours of lecture/recitation per week
e. The nature of any projects
f. The frequency of exams and homework
4) Evidence of the standard of the work. Examples of evidence are copies of examinations and assignments.
5) The OSU course for which department transfer credit is requested. Please do not submit material expecting the advising office or faculty to determine the equivalent courses.
Deliver the documents to:
UG Program Coordinator
N250 Scott Lab
If the faculty evaluator is not familiar with the university from which transfer credit is requested, he/she may ask for additional information such as course notes, copies of exams, project reports, etc. Therefore, if asked, the student should be prepared to provide these items.
Transfer credit for ME or AAE courses will not be given when essential topics, labs, or projects have not been covered in courses taken from the original university. In this case, General (GXXX.XX), Technical (TXXX.XX), or Special (SplXXX.XX) credit earned will remain as is on the Transfer Credit Report. If the transfer credit is approved one of two outcomes will occur:
Department Transfer Credit
If transfer credit is approved for department course content, the advising office will complete and forward to the Registrars Office the paperwork necessary to change the transfer credit (G, T, or Spl) to a specific ME or AAE Engineering class. When the process is completed, the change will be reflected in the student’s advising report, transfer credit report, and official transcript.
Department Course Substitution
If the course in question is not substantially equivalent to an OSU ME or AAE course, the faculty evaluator may feel that all the essential topics
have been covered. In this case, a Course Substitution will be approved. This involves a General Petition to be completed by the student’s undergraduate advisor. If the student it not a ME or AAE student, the Undergraduate Advising Office will inform the student’s advisor.
When a course substitution is approved, the General, Technical, or Special credit awarded will remain the same on the student’s advising report and official transcripts. However, for graduation and prerequisite purposes, course work approved for substitution will be recognized. Substitutions are reflected only in the student’s Degree Audit.
If a transfer credit or substitution evaluation is denied, but the student believes that he/she has covered the material in question, he/she may have the option to take a proficiency exam for a specific class. This type of request is handled only on a case-by-case basis. Students will be responsible for contacting the faculty member responsible to set up a time and place for the exam.